Alumni, staff and a student celebrated in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List

This year we were delighted to see Bristol alumni, staff and one of our current students recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In these awards, which conincided with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, alumni were honoured for their services to academia, the arts and more. Read on to see if you can spot any of your former classmates below!


Nigel Patrick Gray Boardman (BA 1972), Lately Partner, Slaughter and May. Awarded for services to the legal profession.


Linda Colley (BA 1972, Hon DLitt 2006), Professor of History at Princeton University. Awarded for services to history.

Companion of the Order of the Bath

Penelope Kamilla Ciniewicz (BA 1984), Director General, Customer Compliance, H. M. Revenue and Customs. Awarded for services to public administration.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Darren Richard Henley (2005), Chief Executive, Arts Council England. Awarded for services to the arts.

Robert Glyn Hewinson (BSc 1983), Lately Lead Scientist, Bovine Tuberculosis, Animal and Plant Health Agency. Awarded for services to animal health and welfare.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Alexis Bowater (MSc 1994), media professional and former journalist. Awarded for services to the safety and equality of women.

Mark Dornford-May (BA 1978), Artistic Director of Isango Ensemble, Cape Town, South Africa. Awarded for services to the arts in South Africa.

Catherine Elizabeth Gulliver (LLB 2011), Senior Lawyer, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Legal Advisers, Government Legal Department. Awarded for services to climate change law.

Karen Joy Heywood (BSc 1983), Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of East Anglia. Awarded for services to oceanography.

Christopher James Laurence (BSc 1968), Chair, Canine and Feline Sector Group. Awarded for services to animal welfare.

Sarah Purdy, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol and General Practitioner, Sea Mills Surgery, Bristol. Awarded for services to general practice.

Eileen Catherine Rees (PhD 1988), Species Science Manager, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Awarded for services to international research and the conservation of swans and other waterbirds.

Sarah Smith, Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. Awarded for services to economics and to education.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Euan Anthony Blair (BA 2005), Founder and Chief Executive, Multiverse. Awarded for services to education.

Stephen Lawrence Blunden (1999), Chief Executive, Childhood First. Awarded for services to children and young people.

Stephen Frank Drinkwater (PGCE 1973), Volunteer and Assessor, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Awarded for services to young people.

Norman Edwards (Bed 1976), Founder, Trustee and Chair, Care Home Volunteers. Awarded for services to care home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlotte Julia Nichols, Co-Founder, Spennylympics and current University of Bristol student. Awarded for services to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Nikita Kirit Ved (BSc 2011), Research Fellow and Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Oxford. Awarded for services to the COVID-19 response.

Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Roxane Heaton (MEng 2004), Chief Information Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support. Awarded for services to digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honorary Damehood

Christiana Figueres (Hon LLD 2019), former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Awarded for services to international leadership on global climate change.

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